’80s night

Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, November 9
By TODD RICHARD  |  November 14, 2007

There is something undeniably comforting about consistency. Every Friday night, like clockwork, Digital Dori puts on a hell of a party called ’80s Night. You’ve definitely heard of it; you’ve probably been at least once, and you may have even gotten out some special spandex gear for the occasion. It covers all the basics: drinks, DJs, dress-up, and dancing. The dance floor (a functioning ode to Saturday Night Fever), taxidermy, and lunchboxes are just added benefits.

Resident DJ Jon is definitely doing something right. The floor is always packed, the crowd singing along. While I could bust his chops for the full-on German version of Nena’s “99 Luftballons,” he gets a pass for closing his set with the delicious “Erotic City” by The Purple One, released roughly two decades before he gave his music away for free in the papers and at shows.

DJ j.hjort is the curator of Alternative ’80s, a new companion to ’80s Night taking place in the recently-expanded back room. This night might be every DJ's equivalent of playing in a cover band; playing your earliest musical influences to a roomful of churning bodies. J dazzled the new-wave and college-rock cognoscenti with little-known Flock of Seagulls tracks, at one point lamenting that they had only released two albums. Most impressive was j’s drop of an early Ministry track from their electro-dance era, before the dark side took over.

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